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Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
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Jan 20, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: kids-and-young-adult

I first read this book in...8th grade, I think. I then went on to re-read it at least five times.
Hope Was Here is about a 16 year old girl who lives with her aunt - the two of them find work at the beginning of the book at a diner in Wisconsin owned by a man with leukemia. Addie is a cook, and Hope is a waitress - a really good one, too, and from the way Bauer describes waitressing, you can tell she's writing from a lot of personal experience.
This book is great for 13-16 year old girls who want to read stories about a real girl (nothing against fantasy books, but it's nice when we can read about a cool heroine who actually lives in our world) who doesn't spend all her time shopping and partying (*coughGossip Girlcough*) or pining after various boys (*coughTwilightcough*).
If nothing else, read this book for the descriptions of the food they serve in the diner, which are nothing short of mouth-watering.

Also by Joan Bauer, and also very good, is Rules of the Road
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